Event Recap: Webinar Attendees Learn the Ins & Outs of San Francisco’s Groundbreaking New Carpet Regulation

Tags: material health (9) , cradle to cradle certified (14) , built environment (774)

On May 22, over 200 attendees joined Built Positive for a webinar focused on San Francisco’s recently adopted first-of-its kind regulation for carpet and the extensive investigation into current materials research and best practices that preceded it. The regulation requires that all carpet installed in city-funded construction projects be Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Silver or better, and will help San Francisco fully address its priorities for sustainability and material health in its flooring, including the avoidance of chemicals of concern, appropriate durability, carbon impact and the use of fiber and backing materials that contain recycled content and are recyclable.

Thijs Maartens, Senior Engagement Manager for the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, moderated a panel that included San Francisco Department of the Environment representatives Chris Geiger, Municipal Reduction Senior Coordinator, and Jessian Choy, City Toxics Reduction Analyst, and also HDR’s Sustainable Principal Jean Hansen. The panelists discussed the City’s sustainability and material health goals, and how the City is translating those into meaningful criteria for product purchasing. They shared lessons learned in defining criteria, determining what industry certifications and/or labels are available to demonstrate achievement in those areas, and ultimately, creating product lists.

A recording of the webinar is available here. The presentation slide deck is available here. Many thanks to our panelists for sharing their time and expertise!